Laurens County firefighters head to Pinnacle Mountain

November 17, 2016

Laurens County firefighters traveled to Pickens County this week, joining crews from both North and South Carolina in an attempt to contain the wildfire at Pinnacle Mountain. Fire Coordinator Greg Lindley said nine Laurens County firefighters were deployed this week, including two from Durbin Creek, three from Gray Court, three from Youngs and one from…

SLED to conduct audit on LCSO

November 16, 2016

In January, there will be a new Sheriff in town and outgoing Sheriff Ricky Chastain is doing what he can to ensure the transition is a smooth one. As part of the transition, Chastain has requested that the State Law Enforcement Division perform an audit of all evidence and funds in the Sheriff’s Office. Administrative…

Air Quality Alert posted for Upstate

November 14, 2016

LAURENS – Wildfires in the North Carolina mountains, and the resulting smoke that has been carried by the wind over the Upstate, led to an Air Quality Alert Monday. It is in effect until midnight Tuesday. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control declared an Air Quality Action Day for fine particulates related…

Forestry Commission issues burning ban for Upstate

November 11, 2016

COLUMBIA—The South Carolina Forestry Commission has expanded its State Forester’s Burning Ban from five Upstate counties to all Piedmont counties, effective at 6 p.m. The counties covered by the ban include Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Lexington, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Richland, Saluda, Spartanburg, Union and York. State Forester Gene Kodama…

Rural precincts carry Reynolds to victory

November 9, 2016

By Cory Engle [email protected] With all precincts reporting in about two hours after polls closed, Don Reynolds won the race to be the next sheriff of Laurens County, beating petition candidate Stephane Williams by almost 3,000 votes. Turnout was good on Tuesday, with over two thirds of registered voters in the county casting ballots. Of…

Gas price hike expected following pipeline fire

November 1, 2016

By Cory Engle [email protected] Drivers should expect to see a small jump in gas prices over the next few days after an accident at the Colonial Pipeline in Georgia Monday forced the closure of one of South Carolina’s main arteries for petroleum products. According to a press release from Colonial Pipeline, a crew working on…

Franks gets 45 years for double murder

October 28, 2016

By Cory Engle [email protected]   A Cross Hill man was sentenced to 45 years in prison this week, after a jury found him guilty of a double homicide in early 2014. Circuit Judge Frank R. Addy, Jr. handed down the sentence Friday, after three days of testimony in the trial of the State vs. Deshanndon…